That Time We Won a Clio

Here’s a list of some things that we’re not very good at:

1. Updating this blog.
2. Talking about ourselves.
3. Remembering to bring tupperware home

So, this blog post comes as a struggle. We’re here to tell you guys that last month, we, umm, well, we won a CLIO Award. Yeah, that kind of Clio Award. The one that Don Draper always wins. The one that has been the mecca of advertising awards since 1959.

Our animation for TOMS Shoes won us a Bronze Clio and boy oh boy, we were up against some seriously stiff competition. Oscar acceptance speeches always start with ‘It’s an honour to just be nominated…’ and usually you’re thinking yeah right whatever you’re just saying that, but now we know exactly how it feels. Just to see our name on the page next to some of the best animations of 2013 was, seriously, a true honour.

So, Jay and Leah hightailed it to NYC early last month to sashay down the red carpet, eat a delicious billion-course meal, watch Whoopi Goldberg say funny things, and witness that painfully truthful speech by lifetime achievement award recipient Jerry Seinfeld.

And now here we are, humbly telling you that this happened.

More on the tupperware later.

XO GIANT ANT

ADC Bronze Cube for “The TOMS Story”

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We’ve never been much for awards but, this year, we said to one another, “Wouldn’t it be amazing to win an ADC cube?” So, we piled our eggs into one basket and submitted our work for TOMS. And we’re SUPER excited to have received a Bronze Cube in the Motion: Art Direction category of the Art Directors Club Awards.

There’s a photo of it above. It’s the one at the back, out of focus. But we still think it’s beautiful.

Seeking A Producer With A Strong Animation Background

GIANT ANT is looking for a dynamic, organized and clever Senior Producer to join our team. They’ll be tasked with both converting client inquiries into active projects and leading animation projects through our process to successful videos. We make short, high quality videos using live-action and animation (and a mix of the two) for a growing list of forward-thinking local and international clients.

ABOUT THE ROLE:

Our Senior Producer will be responsible for intake—converting leads into active studio projects. They’ll connect with potential clients to gather needs, determine basic project specs, discuss our process and pricing and, ultimately, determine the fit to work together. From there they’ll work to set expectations and scope, produce project documentation and get the project properly set up and kicked off. It’s a sales role without the swagger; more about finding the proper fit than pressing something that doesn’t work.

The Senior Producer is also our primary point of contact on a handful of animation client projects at any given time. Tasked with leading clients through our animated video process—from concept development to approval cut—this person is accountable for keeping clients informed and comfortable with their project progress, responsive and timely on their feedback and approvals, and ultimately happy with their Giant Ant experience. It is truly a key role in our delivery of great videos.

The successful Senior Producer leads with grace—knowing when to push, when to pull and when to reassure. They can confidently represent Giant Ant, leading clients and driving projects ahead solo, but are also adept at calling for help and looping-in teammates at the right time to keep it all on track and use time wisely. They are comfortable talking numbers and wrangling meetings but also able to jump into a creative discussion when prompted. They are a juggler of many tasks, always keenly aware that they represent the voice and face of Giant Ant for a list of clients dear to us.

Requirements of the role include: meticulously organized, intensely detail-oriented, delightfully self-aware, and blessed with the ability to communicate clearly and concisely with people of all stripes. A deep understanding of the animation craft and process is an essential element to remaining confidently in the lead both internally and externally.

This is a full-time position starting immediately and working in our Vancouver Chinatown studio. Compensation is fair (based on the experience you bring) and includes benefits.

ABOUT GIANT ANT:

We’re a small (14 people) creative studio delivering high-touch animation and live-action videos to a very select group of clients. Our team is young and talented, creative and innovative, and in the process of building a studio that gets noticed. We work hard (sometimes long), put love in all of our work and value our open, friendly and creative studio culture.

HOW TO APPLY:

Send a note about why you’re the one and your resume detailing experience to jobs@giantant.ca with the subject: Senior Producer (Animation). Please no phone calls, we’re a busy studio.

Application Deadline: We will be connecting with interesting candidates on an ongoing basis.

Pause Fest

Pause Fest started today in Melbourne, Australia but unfortunately not all of us are lucky enough to be there, where it’s summer time. Pause Fest is a rad motion graphics festival and we’re big fans. Every year they ask a couple studios around the globe to give a peek into their ‘crib’. This year, we were given the opportunity and honour to show off our humble Chinatown dwellings.

The theme was connectivity and the brief was to show our work and our space. We talked about the way in which Giant Ant connects; through storytelling.

We put love in our work in the hopes that you’ll love our work. This is how we wanted to tell our story about telling stories.

It can be difficult to talk about yourself and turn the lens inwards, and one of the biggest challenges here was finding how to articulate our story in an authentic way. Something we ask ourselves at the end of each project is, why was this story so important to tell?

The answer for this one is simple, because it’s our story.

Matthew McConaughey in, A Christmas Sweater

A few years ago we made this video Christmas card. We all had a laugh and then kind of forgot about it.

Until today.

Some lovely people over at Grey in the Unites States of America asked to license the video for use in an interactive holiday calendar for their client. We said yeah sure why not?! Well, little did we know who would be doing the voice over.

May we present to you…Matthew McConaughey discussing the merits of fine Christmas attire in an appearance by us on Day 11 of this most festive calendar.

(Click here to check it out!)

 

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